Editor’s note: The following post was written by the Student Partner Global Program Manager Pablo Veramendi
Hi—my name is Pablo Veramendi, and I’ve had the honor of managing the Microsoft Student Partner program since January. I’ve spent much of this year getting to know amazing students across the globe who are making an incredible impact through technology. Student Partners epitomize Microsoft’s mission to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more—they are on-campus leaders with a passion for making a difference, building vibrant communities, and sharing the latest tech with their peers.
Student Partners are doing amazing things to inspire their communities to learn and grow. Antonina Awino, a Student Partner in Kenya, started the first women in STEM program at her university to better connect female students and experts and encourage women to pursue STEM. The 2018 Imagine Cup World Champions, Hamayal Choudhry and Samin Khan of team smartARM, created an award-winning AI robotic prosthetic hand and continue to share their passion for accessible tech through the Student Partner program. Georgia Kalyva from Greece has shared public speaking tips and hosted tech workshops to help students build a variety of skills for their future career. These are just a few examples showcasing the awe-inspiring enthusiasm and talent Student Partners share.
I'm thrilled to announce exciting program changes to support our Student Partners with new tools and resources to help fulfill their passion to solve problems in the world around them, and to welcome our first group to the 2019-2020 program year!
Student Partner Milestones
Student Partners get unique access to Microsoft resources and personnel to help them lead and make a difference in their communities. This year, we’re rolling out new Student Partner Milestones to better recognize outstanding achievements to learn, lead, and share.
From hosting workshops and hackathons, to providing guidance to other students, to sharing product feedback directly with Microsoft, Student Partners make a lasting impact and gain valuable skills for their future career. I can't wait to work with students from across the globe to empower their communities!
If you’re passionate about using tech to make a difference in the world around us, eager to help your fellow students, and want to build your skills while leading in your community, we want to hear from you! Applications for the Student Partner program are open, and the next group of Student Partners will be announced in January 2020 (applications for this round are due November 30, 2019). Apply today!
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